Democratic transitions involve a raft of reforms that, of necessity and in the short term, privilege the establishment of constitutional principles and guidelines for the holding of free and fair elections. Where there is scope for a longer term agenda, a focus on broad restoration of national institutions allows a nation to re-vision itself both as a state and from the perspective of a set of constitutionally enshrined principles upon which to build a more inclusive society. Idasa, with our…See More
This paper will focus on the politics of land in Zimbabwe, rather than on land in Zimbabwe. It will very briefly explain the historical role of land since independence by denoting certain major events that demonstrate the politicisation of land. Finally, ananalysis of the current political situation in Zimbabwe is shared.See More
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Bryan M. Sims is a analyst with the States in Transition Observatory unit with Idasa, an African democracy institute, in Pretoria, South Africa. He previously worked for the National Endowment for Democracy, a private non-governmental organization dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world in Washington, DC.
Bryan holds an MA, with honours, in International Conflict Analysis with a focus on east and southern Africa, from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. He also holds a BA in International Relations and a BA in Political Science from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Currently, Bryan is pursuing his PhD at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. The intent of his research seeks to examine how civil society and political leadership within South Africa and Zimbabwe impact land policy as well as land policy’s impact on stability within each.
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PhD candidiate at the Universiteit Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa, estimated 2013: the intent of my research seeks to examine how civil society and political leadership within South Africa and Zimbabwe impact land policy as well as land policy’s impact on stability within each.
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Restrictive Measures and Zimbabwe: Political Implications, Economic Impact and a Way Forward (September 2010)
The State of Democracy in Namibia (est. January 2012)
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